Measurements

March 3rd, 2009 by clairefraser

Jan/Feb/March/April

B-51/49/47
W- 50/48/47
H- 56/54/54

Stress Eating

February 19th, 2009 by clairefraser

I hit my 15 pound mark this week!

The past week has been a bit stressful.  I’ve been trying to make a huge decision about my career and going back and forth… like headache and stomach pain stress.  I think I have it worked out now… hopefully.

And I’ve had sick kids so I haven’t been getting enough sleep.  I went over my points by about 10 this week, which is actually good, considering.  I tend to binge when I am stressed and tired, but was actually able to put it off by reading or taking a bath when I felt like self-medicating with food.  So definitely an improvement.

The exercise hasn’t been great this week. I need to get back in the groove :)

 

Y O G A

February 16th, 2009 by clairefraser

I am so excited.  I signed up for my first ever yoga class.  I have been wanting to take a yoga class for years and finally decided to try it.  It is my reward for hitting my first 10 pounds (the reward for hitting my first 5 is a yoga mat, which I have yet to buy).  Not sure what I will do for 15, but I think for 20 I am going to by My Fitness Coach for the wii.

I’m probably looking at going back to work full time starting this summer, so I’m going to have to come up with some sort of a fitness plan to keep up the weight loss.  Right now I work part time from home, so I definitely have more free hours during the day to use for exercise (although sometimes if I don’t get to the gym it is difficult with little ones underfoot).  I’ve been looking to invest in some workout DVDs… maybe getting them from netflix or the library before I buy. 

I am so going to miss my classes, but I can’t justify having kids in daycare all day and then at the gym daycare at night while I work out.  So I’m going to attempt getting up earlier a few days a week and working out before work, or using my lunch period to get some exercise in.  Unfortunately my gym doesn’t have very many weekend classes, so that isn’t much help.  Hopefully I’ll be in enough of an exercise routine by then that it will be easy to keep it up, even on my own.

Valentine’s Day- Candy Galore

February 14th, 2009 by clairefraser

I completely did not think about having a plan for all the Valentine’s Day goodies.  My DH wouldn’t bring anything too horrible into the house, but I didn’t think about all the Valentine’s Day candy my daughter would bring home from school.  She got a pack of little debbie cakes (my all time favorite) and split the package with me (which wasn’t bad because at one point I would have sat down and ate half a box… there are days when I still might).  And a little snacking here and there, plus we ate lunch at McDonald’s yesterday, so I did have a few fries.  Lots of little bits of not so healthy foods.  I used about half my WPA.

Tonight we had steak, sweet potatoes and salad at home (so yummy!).  My DH got these huge steaks but I only ate a little more than half of mine (sometimes I am still amazed that I can leave food on my plate).  I also picked up some of those warm delights so that we could have a little treat without having a whole batch of brownies or cookies lying around.  The mini-delights work out to 3 points each (and you get to eat them warm… and there isn’t 12 more portions lying around warm to tempt me!).  My kids like to mix up the little bowls too.

The batteries died on my wii fit so I took a frigid walk this morning.  I actually prefer to exercise outdoors, but unfortunately now that my kids are no longer stroller size it makes it a little difficult to walk. 

It was such a great day.  Now that I’ve had my two days of gluttony I can get back into healthier eating.  I love weight watchers because the past two days have technically been on plan.  They were regular days with some WPA treats, but I TOTALLY felt like I was cheating.  So awesome.

Almost finished with Half-Assed.  So good.

5% and Jennette Fulda

February 12th, 2009 by clairefraser

243.2 was the weigh in for tonight, down 14 pounds which means I made my first 5%.  So excited!

Last week I was up a bit and the leader encouraged all of us to be using our 35 weekly points as well as some activity points (I was trying to not use the activity).  I felt like I got to eat so much food this week… and I was down 4.8 pounds.  I might have been a little dehydrated, so I’m not completely accepting that complete loss.

I’ve picked up Jennette Fulda’s book Half-Assed.  I like her sarcastic wit  :)  This book talks about her 200 pound weight loss.  I can so relate to all her before stories.  Really, it is amazing how  much of it hits home.  I can’t wait to put the kids in bed and read more… I only got a little way in while I was waiting for the WW meeting to start.

 

Step away from the fiber one bars

February 11th, 2009 by clairefraser

I have a sick kid, so the gym was out this morning and I’m not sure if I will make it to my weigh in tonight.  Luckily I think I have an extra WW tracker so if I have to miss the meeting at least I can start with a new tracker.  It is so important to me to be able to start with a clean tracker every week.  It is like a new beginning… no matter what happened last week this is a chance to start again with a clean slate.

So I have a very addictive personality.  I smoked heavily between the ages of 16 and 25.  I quite smoking 8 years ago and haven’t touched a cigarette since, because even after 8 years I know that if I smoke one I will be up to a pack a day again within a week (there is no such thing as social smoking for me).  I am the same way with Dr. Pepper.  I quit drinking Dr. Pepper at the beginning of the year because I was up to a 2 liter a day (after not drinking it for almost a year I just stopped at the gas station one day and thought… one fountain soda won’t hurt.)  I self medicate with fast food when I’m not feeling well (emotionally or physically).

So my newest addiction is fiber one bars… they are so yummy.  Luckily for me if I eat more than one a day I have intestinal issues, so that is a pretty big deterrent.  :D

I am learning moderation.  I am learning to go to a party and eating just a little of the not so healthy food and eating more of the healthier stuff instead of just going and gorging (hey, it is a party… make yourself sick with food… so much fun!).

I’ve avoided the fast food well.  The few times I have gone to McDonald’s I’ve either gotten and chicken sandwich with apples or a southwest chicken salad (yum!!).  I used to love getting their iced coffees (I think a large is like 8 or 9 points) but yesterday I tried a sugar free iced coffee (3 points) that was a more than acceptable substitute.

I am so impressed by how well I have stayed on program so far.  I love my leader right now and the people in the meeting are so enthusiastic.  My WW meetings are at a gym, so there is such a positive healthy atmosphere anyway, plus you see the people from your meeting in the classes and in the facility, so the support group definitely extends beyond the meeting.  I had to go the WW meeting I used to attend when I missed my current meeting because of the snow, and it was just painful.  I didn’t enjoy it at all and I just wanted to get out of there.

It is going to be a long journey, but I am so happy I am doing it.

Exercise Log February 2009

February 11th, 2009 by clairefraser

2/9 Core Strength class 45 minutes
2/10 Off day… but tons of cleaning, carrying and up and down the stairs
2/11 Wii Fit- 45 minutes total- running (20 minutes) rhythm boxing (10) advanced step (2 times) Balance games
2/12 none
2/13  Outdoor Adventure Game 15 minutes
2/14  20 minute fast walk, leisure walking (40 minutes)
2/15  51 minutes wii fit (running, hula hoop, advanced step, rhythm boxing, balance games)

2/16  45 Minute Core Balance workout, 10 minute walking
2/17  off day
2/18  30 Minutes walking
2/19
2/20
2/21
2/22

2/23
2/24
2/25
2/26
2/27
2/28
3/1

Weight Log

February 10th, 2009 by clairefraser

Date

Weight

Change

Change From Start

2/19/2009

2/11/2009

2/4/2009

242.0lbs

243.2lbs

248 lbs

-1.2lbs

-4.8lbs

 1.4 lbs

-15.2lbs

-14.0lbs

 - 9.2 lbs

1/28/2009

246.6 lbs

- 1.8 lbs

- 10.6 lbs

1/21/2009

248.4 lbs

- 3.2 lbs

- 8.8 lbs

1/14/2009

251.6 lbs

- 5.6 lbs

- 5.6 lbs

1/7/2009

257.2 lbs

 

Welcome to my blog!

February 10th, 2009 by clairefraser

Just a little background:

I am 33 years old and have been overweight since I was 8.  Sometimes it was just a small amount, sometimes more.  I hit my highest weight (257) in 2009 and decided it was time to get things under control, because I was clearly out of control.

I’ve been successful on weight watchers before- I am familiar with the program and need the accountabilty and support to be successful.  My attempts at losing weight without a structured program have failed miserably.

My goal weight is 155- a weight I haven’t seen since the 7th grade.  It is a bit daunting to think about losing 102 pounds, but I am finally at a point in my life where I can succeed at this.  I have adequate childcare to attend the WW meetings as well as for working out, and I am also at a point in my life where my kids are old enough to sleep though the night (I’m getting consistent amounts of regular sleep for the first time in 8 years) and that is just huge to the weight loss effort.

I plan on giving myself 2 years to achieve my goal.  I don’t want to get discouraged because the weight isn’t flying off and I know it will take a very long time to change 33 years of poor eating and poor exercise habits.  I want to pass on healthy habits to my children rather than my usual destructive ones.

So far the program has been very easy for me to follow.  The first week I gave up all soda (I was drinking regular soda, not even diet, and tremendous amounts of it).  I was very unpleasant to be around.  Once I got past that, things have been going very well so far.  I am feeling very optimistic.